The Hourglass Sanatorium


An incomprehensibly strange head-trip

A young man (Jan Nowicki) heads to a seemingly dilapidated sanatorium to visit his dying father (Tadeusz Kondrat), only to find that some seriously non-Einsteinian things are going on with the local physics. Further synopsis is useless – you’d think we were making it up.

But as we head back to the protagonist’s surrealistically remembered childhood and vividly bizarre vignettes of pre-war Jewish life in Poland, one thing becomes clear about Wojciech Has’ movie: it’s a head-trip quite unlike any other.

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